Open Trainings

Ron is teaching at the following training events that are open to the general public to attend.

Asset Based Community Development National Training Event

abcdInstitute and DePaul University  Register Here

October 31-November 1  Chicago, IL

The ABCD Institute at DePaul University is proud to present a two-day basic training event that introduces the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local geographical communities. Presentations and discussions will occur in light of current conversations about equity and justice and will enable participants to think deeper about responses to these challenges.

Asset Based Community and Youth Development 

Bank of I.D.E.A.S and  Humanity Matters  (Registration through Bank of I.D.E.A.S to open soon)

November 20, 2017  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

This highly participatory and interactive workshop will focus on how to unleash youth leadership in and with a community – for now, not just the future.  We will look at Asset Based Community Development as both a youth leadership identification tool AND an approach youth can use to lead.  Proper support from adults is critical and we will learn how to use the Youth Power Ladder and what it means for adult supporters.  Participants will explore ways youth can be community leaders, learn tools to identify and engage leadership in young people and examine techniques to create positive intergenerational partnerships.  Participants will also have an opportunity to work on their own scenarios and case studies.

The Power of Knowledge: Measuring Impact and Telling our Stories

Bank of I.D.E.A.S   (Registration through Bank of I.D.E.A.S. to open soon)

November 27, 2017  Albany, Western Australia

November 28, 2017  Perth, Western Australia

November 30, 2017  Adelaide, South Australia

December 1, 2017  Launceston, Tasmania

December 4. 2017  Melbourne, Victoria

Evaluation is often considered a source of knowledge about a community but has often been done by agencies from outside of communities, with little influence or involvement from communities, for purposes not defined by or useful to communities.  This tradition has often followed a colonial methodology – taking a natural resource (local knowledge and experience) and converting it to something of value for the evaluator (report, published article, grant proposal, etc.) without rewarding the original owner of the resource.

It is possible to chart a better path that keeps the power and value of evaluation and learning with the local community.  We can begin to shift the power of evaluation by applying several critical questions.  Ron will lead us through an examination of how to use these five questions determine the community power potential in any measurement endeavor.  He will share stories of how local communities have used evaluation methods to define their story and strengthen themselves.

Evaluation that measures impact can start by defining what impact is desired by the local community and how can the community investigate its story in a way that empowers itself and strengthens its relationships with power outside the community.

Rebooting Democracy and the Role of ABCD in Community Mobilization

Keynote Address to Power to the People Conference – Municipal Association of Victoria and Bank of I.D.E.A.S.  Register HERE

December 5. 2017  Melbourne, Victoria

ABCD is more than asset mapping.  It can be a community organizing and mobilization approach with the power to unleash citizen engagement that is deep and wide.  In many modern democratic societies, democratic participation has become dependent on institutional enrollment and compliance.  Most democracies have even reduced citizenship to documentation.  This suffocates, and can eventually kill, the spirit of democracy and the power of the citizen.  ABCD offers a way to engage the people in a community, tap into their passions and release their inherent power.  When principles of inclusion are applied to ABCD this can lead to increased equity and social justice that is energized by residents, business owners, and workers and is not entirely dependent on grants and programs.  Communities can reclaim citizenship as participation in the co-production of their futures and in doing so, reboot democracy.  Local governments can play an important role in supporting this reboot.

Community Engagement and Neighborhood Revitalization: Measuring its Impact 

NeighborWorks Training Institute  Register Here

December 4-6 2017   Washington D.C.

Measurement in the community development field is often elusive, if not forgotten.  As an action, measurement is often left until the end of the project, which diminishes its value and impact on our work and our communities.  Yet, as Peter Block points out, “The useful aspect of measurement is that it helps us make explicit our intentions and can be a strategy for learning.” This three-day class will explore how to determine what we measure when doing ABCD work, how to measure it and how to use measurement as a strategy for learning, celebrating, communicating and empowering.

Coaching Teams to Build Leadership

NeighborWorks Training Institute  Register Here

December 7-8 2017   Washington D.C.

Coaching is an important partnership that capitalizes on potential by tapping into existing strength to facilitate the development new perspectives, skills, visions and plans. In the business world, coaching often focuses on a coach and an individual. This course shifts that focus to a coach and a team. Team coaching can be a powerful tool for supporting team growth and transformation that is sustainable beyond the coaching relationship. Many traditional one-to-one coaching skills are applicable to team coaching but need to be adapted for groups. Team coaching requires some additional skills as well. When done well team coaching can help a group intentional go “from good to great.”